A few highlights from the Petabox storage system:
The Previous Version
The PetaBox(tm), custom-designed by Internet Archive staff, was originally created to safely store and process one petabyte (a million gigabytes) of information. The goals and design points were:
* Low power: 6kW per rack, 60kW for the entire storage cluster
* High density: 100+ TB/rack
* Local computing to process the data (800 low-end PC's)
* Multi-OS possible, linux standard
* Co-location friendly
* Shipping container friendly: Able to be run in a 20' by 8' by 8' shipping container.
* Easy Maintenance: One system administrator per petabyte
* Software to automate full mirroring
* Easy to scale
* Inexpensive design
* Inexpensive storage
The Internet Archive data center now houses ~3PB of PetaBox storage technology and is expanding steadily.
PETABOX HISTORY 6/2004
* The first 100TB Rack operational in Amsterdam as of June 2004.
* The second 80TB rack is operational in San Francisco
* Internet Archives spins off PetaBox production to newly-formed Capricorn Technologies.
2004 - 2007
* Capricorn replicates the Internet Archive's successful deployment of the PetaBox for major academic institutions, digital preservationists, government agencies, HPC and major research sites, medical imaging providers, digital image repositories, storage outsourcing sites, and other enterprises around the globe.
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